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The Phantom Father (2012)
"Tatal fantoma" (original title)

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American professor Robert Traum embarks on an adventurous and amusing journey through Bucovina to find Sami the projectionist, the only person alive that can tell him anything about his ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Robert Traum
Barry Gifford ...
Mihaela Sirbu ...
Valer Delakeza ...
Mihai Constantin ...
Mayor Codrescu
Mimi Branescu ...
Victor Rebengiuc ...
Uncle Petre
Mariana Mihut ...
Aunt Florica
Iosif Pastina ...
small Robert
Nicodim Ungureanu ...
Hotel Receptionist
Vitalie Bantas ...
Marcel Cobzariu ...
Vladimir (as Marcello Cobzariu)
Mirela Oprisor ...
Woman from Italy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrei Araditz ...
Codrescu Sr.
Adriana Butoi ...
Sara Traum


American professor Robert Traum embarks on an adventurous and amusing journey through Bucovina to find Sami the projectionist, the only person alive that can tell him anything about his Romanian Jewish descent. His symbolic journey is filled with danger, the unknown and the surreal, but finally rewarded with a double love: on the one hand he finds romantic love, on the other the passion for old cinema, nomad, popular, naive and generous. Written by Lucian Georgescu

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A different kind of New Romanian Film See more »


Drama | Romance



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2 March 2012 (Romania)  »

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Tatal fantoma  »

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The character Sami is based on a real, traveling projectionist of the same name, whom Barry Gifford and director Lucian Georgescu encountered on their trip in Bucovina. Sami was an projectionist by descent, the last of a line of projectionist and also the keeper to the local Synagogue keys. Shortly before filming was completed, the real Sami passed away. See more »


Robert Traum: You have a beautiful country.
Woman from Italy: Beautiful my ass!
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One of the best movies of the century
15 June 2011 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

Amazing... I watched this movie in TIFF (Transilvania International Film Festival), the script is amazing, the actor playing the main role is more than exceptional, he is just splendid, one of the best movies of my life, there is a realistic part in the beginning and then it becomes fantastical and magical, this is a very good movie, you'll not regret watching it. They show Romania in a very special way, full of amazing places and problems, corruption, and the movie is such an adventure in the lands of fantasy, with a script that is itself a complete good novel, pretty much all the actors are giving themselves for the characters, at one point that you don't really realize witch one is real, or fantastical, such a good movie, just watch it with an open mind, and don't expect a realistic movie, just trip in the movie.

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